Trained as an architect and with a long career as an artist, Julião Sarmento (Lisboa, 1948) has been taking photographs for more than forty years. From early on, his technical and lyrical control of the medium allowed him to develop a personal style. His photographs cover a wide variety of interests: people, places, gatherings, travels, animals in or out of zoos, cars, experiments on light...
Café Bissau feels like a road book through Sarmento's archive. Raw, spontaneous zeitgeist infused images stand side by side with more careful constructed series in an elegant edit. Medium format, 35mm, colour, black and white, digital and analogue photographs flow harmoniously in the artist atlas.
Café Bissau is Julião Sarmento's most ambitious photobook to date, a surprising contribution to the medium.
Julião Sarmento (Lisbon, 1948) is one of the most renowned Portuguese contemporary artists.
Sarmento has developed a multi-media visual language, combining film, video, sound, painting, sculpture and installations. His work deals with themes such as psychological interaction, sensuality, voyeurism and transgression.
Over the past five decades, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in prestigious institutions around the world, including the Gulbenkian Foundation Museum, the Serralves Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, Haus der Kunst, the Van Abbemuseum and Tate Modern. Julião Sarmento also represented Portugal at the 46th Venice Biennale, in 1997, and participated in Documenta (1982, 1987), the Paris Biennale (1981) and the São Paulo Biennale (1992, 2002).